Sunday, April 3, 2011

Guest Post by Danielle Weiler & Giveaway.

Why I write YA novels/Why I write for teens?

I write contemporary young adult novels because it comes most naturally to me, like some kind of innate instinct. The thought of having to write anything else (like fantasy, romance, Kindy books) is foreign and scary. The fact of the matter is, for the most part, I remember everything about being a teenager, and, really, the teenager in me is still there, not so much lurking or watching from a distance, nor hiding or suppressed. It is in the very core and essence of me, only changed because I had to grow and develop into the working adult that everyone has to become. In a way, life and responsibilities beat the teenager out of you, but you still have fond memories of the certain sense of freedom you once had. 

The stepping-stones of life are in the moments you can’t seem to forget: embarrassing and awkward conversations, the shifts and changes in friendships and relationships, the development of self through good and bad experiences: that boy/girl you shouldn’t have gone near, that boy/girl you wished you were more like instead of your ‘stupid boring self’ (not my words!), that random job you had to get yourself a bit of money to go to the movies, that stupid thing your parents said in front of your friends/boyfriend/girlfriend/
teacher/neighbour/anyone – you just remember how lame it was, all the hot chips you ate with friends on the beach during endless summers, discussing those big picture issues you thought were so clear-cut at the time but soon realised they weren’t at all and still aren’t.

Teenagers are in the throes of learning the biggest lesson of all: life isn’t simple, it isn’t always black and white. It’s multiple and varied shades of grey. If you mix these shades of grey you might end up getting close to black or white, but in the end, it’s the darkening of themselves around the edges and the ways in which they bend and break that will make young adults more wholesome and refined people; people that others will want to be around and who will contribute greatly to society when given the awesome opportunity.   

I love the unabashed honesty of teenagers, the eyebrow-raising comments said with self-confidence and vulnerability mixed equally.  They are passionate, opinionated, energetic people, and that is why it was easy to write Friendship on Fire. All I had to do was think about what I would have said, or would say, if I was still at that age. In some ways, it was a liberating experience. Teenagers are not only funny, self-deprecating, brave, and resilient, they are also very fascinating and versatile people to write about.

I hope teenagers who read my novel discover themselves a little bit more, and just how interesting they really are, in a grey, unique kind of way.

Danielle Weiler is an innovative history teacher living in Perth, Western Australia. She is inspired every day by teenagers who are trying to find their unique identity in life. A serial diary writer, Danielle attributes much of her writing to having a large family, with five older brothers who endlessly entertain her. She wrote her first story book when she was six years old.
Danielle is credited with being the editor of her university’s magazine as well as being president of her graduating class. Her writing encompasses the modern young adult and the difficulties of growing up in an unapologetic, competitive world. Danielle hopes this book will delight and satisfy the reader’s imagination.
Danielle is attached to a loving husband, who is the funniest and most patient person she’s met. She is owned by a very affectionate ranga cat named Toppy.
Danielle also has a passion for Redskins.

To win a signed copy of Friendship on Fire, just leave a comment with your email, telling me why you like to read YA novels? Giveaway is international  and ends on Sunday 10th April. 


  1. I absolutely love YA novels =]
    In comparison to what I went through as a teenager things haven't changed all that much, but with all the new tech it just makes it easier to bully, intimidate, send sexy messages, hook up etc....
    I need to be prepared for what my now 13 yr old may experience in the near future.

  2. I like to read YA novels because I can relate to the characters as they are around the same age as me. I like insightful and realistic YA stories.

  3. I like to read all types of books and this is just another type of book I find enjoyable to read. I have a 19 year old daughter and I can pass a lot of my books on to her as well, which she really likes. We don't have the same taste in books but because I read so much there's always something for her to pick from.

  4. I love reading YA novels because aside from being a teenager myself, I want to be in other teenager's shoes for a while. YA novels are also easier and more enjoyable to read.

    sauvadeavelle @

  5. I love to read YA Novels because for awhile I was brought to a new world that feels quite comfortable and it is also a refuge for me whenever I feel down and besides the story are very captivating because it might happen to our life.

    clarissa.bulatao at

  6. I love to read YA novels because i'm always feel young and the spirit is too great to resist :)

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  7. I love reading YA novels because I do not find any difficulties in understanding what they have inside. Both of the words, plot or the world that they revealed inside. It is always nice to reading a thought of a teenager. at gmail dot com

  8. Jeez... Can't believe I missed this one.. :(